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Re: Namespaces, schemas, Simon's filters.
- From: Joe English <email@example.com>
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2001 08:03:45 -0700
Jeff Lowery wrote:
> (Do namespaces have names, or do names belong to
> a namespace? There's a practical representational difference but is there a
> semantic one?)
Neither: element names and attribute names have namespace names.
You can take "have" to be a symmetric relation and say the converse,
that namespaces have names -- if QName x has namespace y, then
namespace y "has" name x -- but I think this is misleading.
Given a QName x and a set of in-scope namespace declarations,
you can determine the namespace y unambiguously; but given a
namespace name (URI) y, there's no way in general to tell what
names "belong to" it.
People often say "element z is in namespace y" as shorthand
for "the namepspace name of the generic identifier x of the
element z is the URI y". Personally I think this usage
confuses the issue, but it's a convenient abbreviation.